27.6.06

LET THINGS BE DONE DECENTLY AND IN ORDER. Colorado's chancellor has accepted the special committee's recommendation that ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill be dismissed for research misconduct. King at SCSU Scholars has the proper perspective on the university's appeal procedures.
Churchill now has ten days to appeal the recommendation to a faculty committee. I know, I know, another committee! But tenure is such that I prefer to see them work through the whole process. Hopefully the next committee continues to understand what the previous committee did -- regardless of your feelings over Churchill's "Little Eichmanns" statement and whether the university pursued him for this, academic fraud must be prosecuted and punished no matter what the motives of the prosecution.
Put another way, had Mr Churchill kept his professional house in order, a la Harvey Mansfield or Noam Chomsky, he would be free and clear of any politically-motivated calls for his job.

SECOND SECTION: Tightly Wound expresses similar sentiments, albeit more pungently.
Just because you can pull a con-job during the hiring process doesn't mean you should. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling teenagers--oops, I mean if it weren't for his inability to follow the first rule of thumb for con-artists: stay below the radar.
Read the rest.

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